Eco Minute

Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive.

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Eco Minute
1:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Eco Minute May 21, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Although transportation, power generation, and industry are the largest contributors to air pollution, they’re not the only ones.  Other activities, such as mowing your lawn with a gasoline powered mower also contribute.  In fact, on an hour-for-hour basis, a gasoline-powered lawn mower produces as much pollution as 40 cars.  On bad air quality days, put off lawn care for a day or two until the air is cleaner - then get a good workout by pushing that trusty, old hand mower!  Additionally, especially on bad air quality days don't use other gasoline-powered equipment like leaf blowers and cha

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Eco Minute
1:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Eco Minute May 20, 2014

Eco Minute
Credit Jem Sullivan

It’s summertime and that means more time outdoors in the heat.  It’s also time to be aware of air quality levels.  Two types of air pollution are ozone and particle pollution and both are unhealthy. Ozone, or smog, is the most widespread air pollutant. When you inhale ozone, it irritates your lungs, leaving them with something like a bad sunburn.

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Eco Minute
12:59 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Eco Minute May 19, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

The EPA estimates that indoor air can be more polluted than outside air.  Some of the indoor pollutants of concern are asbestos, carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and pressed wood products, cleaning supplies, pesticides, lead, and second hand smoke.  Apply paint with rollers and brushes instead of sprays; it cuts down on fumes.

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Eco Minute
1:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Eco Minute May 16

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Air pollution is a threat to your health, the environment and the economy.  According to the EPA, each day, pollution causes thousands of illnesses leading to lost days at work and school.  Toxic air pollutants and the chemicals that form ground-level ozone and acid rain can damage trees, crops, wildlife, and water bodies.  It reduces agricultural crop and commercial forest yields by billions of dollars each year.   Two of the biggest contributors to air pollution are vehicles and electric utilities.  By decreasing the amount of driving you do and your electricity use, you can make a differ

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Eco Minute
10:04 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Eco Minute May 15, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

It’s getting warmer now and that means more time outdoors in the heat.  It’s also time to be aware of air quality levels.  While exposure to ozone air pollution causes adverse health effects in most people, children are especially susceptible. Children spend more time outdoors, especially in the summer when ozone levels are the highest.   And, they engage in vigorous activities resulting in more air and pollution taken deep into their lungs.

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Eco Minute
10:02 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Eco Minute May 14, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Spray products can be a major source of air pollution.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, 50 tons per day of pollution come from spray products. That's more Volatile Organic Compound emissions than from all the Bay Area oil refineries! These aerosol products include hairspray, furniture polish, cooking sprays, bathroom cleaners, air fresheners, antiperspirants, insecticides, and hobby craft sprays.

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Eco Minute
10:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Eco Minute May 13, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Asthma is the leading serious chronic illness of children.   Asthma is also the third leading cause of hospitalization among children and one of the most common causes of school absenteeism.  Episodes of asthma are often triggered by infection, exercise and irritants.  Air pollution can worsen existing asthma.  Common symptoms include coughing, audible wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing after running or crying, chest tightness and shortness of breath.  Frequent respiratory infections may indicate asthma.  Recurrent night cough is common, as asthma is often worse at night.  Even though asth

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Eco Minute
10:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Eco Minute May 12, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

The Clean Air Act was originally passed in 1963 establishing funding for the study and cleanup of air pollution.  The act was passed after several notorious air pollution incidents.  In 1948 a thick cloud of air pollution formed over the industrial town of Donora, Pennsylvania and lasted for five days during which time it killed 20 people, and sickened 6,000 of the town’s 14,000 citizens.  In 1952, more than 3,000 people died when a so-called, “Killer Fog” settled over London.  In 1970, a stronger Clean Air Act was passed and then the EPA was created that same year and was given the role of

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Eco Minute
7:27 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Eco Minute May 9, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) has been a leading voice for energy reform to protect the quality of life and treasured places in the Southeast for more than 20 years. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Stephen Smith,  Executive Director of SACE. 

Founded in 1985, SACE is the only regional organization primarily focused on developing clean energy solutions throughout the Southeast.  With miles of coastline, and varied ecosystems, the southern region is particularly vulnerable to climate change effects. 

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Eco Minute
2:54 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Eco Minute May 8, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Schools throughout the country are flying green, yellow, or red flags.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  Schools across the country are raising the colored flags to help teachers and parents track EPA’s daily Air Quality Index. These flags help students and teachers know what the air quality forecast is for the day, and help them track whether students’ asthma symptoms get worse when the air is polluted and whether they need to take extra steps to protect their health. 

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